The People of Connecticut acknowledging with gratitude, the good providence of God, in having permitted them to enjoy a free government; do, in order more effectually to define, secure, and perpetuate the liberties, rights and privileges which they have derived from their ancestors; hereby, after a careful consideration and revision, ordain and establish the following constitution and form of civil government.
We, the people of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing upon our endeavors to secure and to transmit the same, unimpaired, to succeeding generations, do ordain and establish this Constitution of government.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
This is not a history lesson, nor is it meant to stir up a debate. I was struck by something I read this morning and it led me to think about how my Country, for the most part, use to find It’s identity in God. Thus, some of our states preambles listed above as well as a sentence taken from our Country’s Declaration of Independence.
What I read this morning was Deuteronomy 4:6-7: If you obey them carefully, you will display your wisdom and intelligence to the surrounding nations. When they hear about these laws, they will exclaim, ‘What other nation is as wise and prudent as this!’ For what great nation has a god as near to them as the LORD our God is near to us whenever we call on him?
Moses was giving the Israelites instructions and laws to follow as they prepared to enter the Promised Land. If they obeyed God they would be a wise and prudent nation; their wisdom and intelligence would not go unnoticed by other nations. I believe the founding fathers of my Country understood and even practiced this. They understood the exhortation of Psalm 33:12;
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!
My dear ones, I encourage you to pray for your country, wherever you are around the world. That as one we would seek God for our countries as we do for one another. How awesome it would be to know world peace because each country of the world finds its identity in God and their wisdom and intelligence is displayed to one another.
I was struck by these verses this morning:
Normally it takes only eleven days to travel from Mount Sinai to Kadesh-barnea, going by way of Mount Seir. But forty years after the Israelites left Mount Sinai, on a day in midwinter, Moses gave these speeches to the Israelites, telling them everything the LORD had commanded him to say. Deuteronomy 1:2-3.
Moses was preparing the Israelites to enter the promised land. Their promised land. The land God had promised to give their ancestors Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The land they had wandered 40 years to final enter. The land flowing with milk and honey.
What should have taken them 11 days to get too, took 40 years. Their rebellion and disobedience caused them to wander the wilderness for those 40 years.
Sometimes we can walk in the wilderness not because of rebellion and disobedience, but because it is a new season of growth. Shedding off old ways, thoughts, habits, mindsets. Be encouraged! “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9.
Then again, sometimes we walk in the wilderness because of our rebellion and disobedience. Beloved, take heart! Ask your heavenly Papa to show you those area’s in your life of rebellion and disobedience. But don’t stop there. Confess and repent and ask the Holy Spirit to help you in your repentance; the turning away from rebellion and disobedience. He cherishes when we ask for his wisdom. “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5.
You are dearly loved, wholly chosen and absolutely beautiful in His sight.
Thank you @Spiritbath for sharing this awesome video on true love. Enjoy my friends! Happy Valentines Day.
Recently I saw something. It wasn’t anything bad more of an implication. To describe it to you further would not bless you nor would it honor God. Immediately what came to mind is Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.
If anything is excellent or praiseworthy really resonates with me. If what we think and talk about or look at and share is excellent or worthy of praise, it can only come from God. Everything else is from the world and the enemy of our souls. Oh, you know, he wraps it up in a sweet little package. Dolls it up with appealing wrapping paper and bows. And then, I can hear him saying, similarly, like he did to Eve; “Did God really say not to do that, say that, look at that, think that?” He is so sly and subtle that many times he catches us hook line and sinker and before we know it we are not honoring God.
I encourage and challenge you today to hold ALL things captive to Christ and ask the Holy Spirit to convict you to the very depth of your spirit when something is not from him. I believe this is so important, especially since the World Wide Web grants complete access into our lives by others. Before you hit the send button ask yourself, “Does this glorify God?” And, “Will others see Christ through me, my actions, my words?”
Be the person you want those in your sphere of influence to be.
Peace and grace in the Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
“Then Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abidu, and seventy of the leaders of Israel went up the mountain. There they saw the God of Israel. Under his feet there seemed to be a pavement of brilliant sapphire, as clear as the heavens. And though Israel’s leaders saw God, he did not destroy them. In fact, they shared a meal together in God’s presence!” Exodus 24: 9-11.
Seventy four men saw the God of Israel! Let me rephrase that this way; Seventy four men SAW the God of Israel! Oh my word, to me, this is more scrumptious than when God placed Moses in the cleft of a rock and covered him with his hand when he passed by. (Exodus 33:22-23).
To top it off, not only did the leaders of Israel see God and He didn’t destroy them, they ate a meal together in God’s presence. They.Ate.With.God.!!